OPENING PARTY THURSDAY JUNE 27th
"Mary Ann" is an installation of over 300 hand painted sumi ink portraits of Mur's psychotherapist.
In honor of New York City World Pride, "Mary Ann" is a symbol of mental health wellness in the LGBTQIA+ community.
The installation is part of a series of installations Mur has exhibited in collaboration with Soho House, Jill Platner, Illesteva, The Wild Bird Fund, Susan Alexandra, New York City MTA, and Creatures of Comfort.
The opening party will include a 15 minute operetta, written by Mur and performed by local queer artists.
D A N I E L K U K L A
M A N - E A T E R
04 M A Y - 08 J U N E
04 MAY 2-5 PM
DANIEL KUKLA’S ARTISTIC PRACTICE SEEKS TO EXAMINE THE INTERSECTIONS BETWEEN THE PHOTOGRAPHIC FORM, PUBLIC MYTHOLOGY, AND ECOLOGY. MAN-EATER, MAY 4 - JUNE 8, FEATURES A SUITE OF MIRRORED PALIMPSESTS CONSTRUCTED FROM POLAROID EMULSIONS, FOUND AND HISTORIC, THAT THE ARTIST DIGITALLY LAYERED AND THEN REPHOTOGRAPHED. THESE PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMBRANES ARE DELICATELY LAYERED ATOP AND ABUT AGAINST ONE ANOTHER ON MIRRORED SURFACES SHAPED LIKE TRADITIONAL DAGUERREOTYPES. THE MIRRORED DAGUERREOTYPE FORM RECALLS WINDOWS, PORTALS, AND BYZANTINE ICON WORKS BUT SPEAK TO A MORE IMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IMAGE AND VIEWER. KUKLA HAS SELECTED IMAGES DEPICTING POPULAR SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTED MYTHS OF VIOLENCE BETWEEN MAN AND NATURE SUCH AS THE TIPU TIGER FROM THE KINGDOM OF MYSORE AND TSAVO MAN-EATING LIONS OF THE KENYAN-UGANDAN RAILWAY. THESE FICTIVE STORIES FUNCTION AS IMAGINARY ANALOGS IN WHICH THE THE CARNAGE THAT OCCURS DURING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF EMPIRE IS DEPICTED AS BEING CONDUCTED BY BEASTS EXACTING THEIR OWN HORRIFIC VENGEANCE. THE ENDURING POWER OF THESE PUBLIC MYTHS ARE REARTICULATED THROUGH FILM AND NEWS OSSIFYING A NARRATIVE OF NATURE VERSUS PUBLIC. KUKLA’S WORKS ASK THE VIEWER TO REFLECT ON AND INSIDE OF THESE CULTURAL AND PHOTOGRAPHIC METAPHORS WHILE ALSO INTERROGATING THE ASSUMED DOCUMENTARY NATURE OF THE MEDIUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY.
DANIEL KUKLA IS A GRADUATE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY’S (ICP) PROGRAM IN DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTOJOURNALISM. PRIOR TO HIS PHOTOGRAPHIC EDUCATION HE ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AND RECEIVED HIS BACHELORS OF SCIENCE IN BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY. HIS WORK HAS BEEN EXHIBITED AT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY, THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY OF THE BAHAMAS, RISD MUSEUM OF ART, APERTURE FOUNDATION, MASIN MUSEO DE ART DE SINALOA, AMONG OTHERS.
-JOHN ARTHUR PEETZ
THE EXHIBITION IS ORGANIZED BY CURATOR MATT NASSER.
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AN EVENING OF KLEZMER MUSIC
Klazz-Ma-Tazz has been described by NY Music Daily as “Epically Haunting Lynchian Klezmer Jazz”. Their music, while rooted in the jazz idiom, explores a unique chemistry of worldly musical influences and they are dedicated to performing and recording original compositions and uniquely reimagined interpretations of traditional secular Jewish music, catered to the nostalgically progressive audience of the 21st century. The band has released two albums, both of which have been heard on radio station across the US. Their most recent album, “Meshugenah” (2018) was released during City Winery’s Klezmer Brunch series which has been a frequent venue for the band. In February, 2018 their arrangement of Ukrainian folk song, "Svalava Kozatshok" went viral on Facebook with nearly 20K views. “Wild, yet reserved, the music of Klazz-Ma-Tazz will surprise you, excite you and calm you, all in one sitting”. (Fred Stal, RG Magazine)
THE EMPTY CIRCLE IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE
The exhibition of new work by Claudia Doring Baez and Robert James Anderson at Scope NY 2019 during Armory Week.
Please visit us at Booth #079
March 7th - 10th
125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
Thursday March 7th, VIP Preview 3pm - 9pm
Friday, March 8th 11am - 8pm
Saturday, March 9th 11am - 8pm
Sunday, March 10th 11am - 7pm
JOIN US SUNDAY JANUARY 13TH AT 7:00 PM
FREE, FABULOUS RED WINE INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION! $15 AT THE DOOR
ABOUT THE BAND
The Epichorus performs Indo-Arabic roots music - contemporary music inspired by the old sounds. They are lineage holders in classical traditions from India to Egypt and Greece, alongside Jazz and fusion aficionados. Come ready to be transported by ethereal music reminiscent of a loftier home.
Space is limited, email Naum@emptycirclespace.com to reserve!
The Empty Circle Presents
Ingo Swann at Scope Miami Beach
December 4-9, 2018
The Empty Circle is pleased to present a curated booth of paintings by the late artist Ingo Swann. An acclaimed psi-researcher and author, Swann participated in over a hundred academic and government-backed research studies, which investigated human psychic powers as a reality – one that modern science systematically trivialized as unfounded or abnormal.
Swann pioneered the skill of “remote viewing,” a psychic ability that allowed one to see physically distant locations, such as the surface of planets. When the CIA discovered the existence of Soviet psi-spies at the height of the Cold War, they turned to Swann and the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) to train a group of military personnel in remote viewing, with the goal of creating their own psychic spies. This project, code named Stargate, ran from 1978 to 1995. During this period, Swann was told that his findings would never be shared with the public, out of the fear that civilians might begin to harness their psychic abilities to dismantle the status-quo. Swann's sense of repression was further compounded by the fact that he was a gay man living within a homophobic culture. Art, however, allowed Swann to freely express both his psychic inclinations and his sexual desires.
The paintings included in the booth – spanning the early 1960s to the 1980s – illustrate the unique way that Swann viewed the world. After abandoning his dream of commercial success in the late 1950s, Swann continued to paint only what gave him joy: primarily, the energy that he saw radiating from the people around him. Swann saw this energy- chi, aura, force - as uniting all living things to one another. He believed that if people were to harness their extra-sensory perceptions, to see these forces as he could, the world would change for the better. For this reason, this booth includes works from throughout his life that depict energy radiating from figures in rays, flames, mandalas, and halos. His subjects range from the mythological and ancient to hippies and hustlers. The latter of which, he may have seen outside of his home and studio on the Bowery in Manhattan. Also included are cosmic and metropolitan landscapes - the synthesis of Ingo’s fantastical vision and experience of the streets around him and the stars above.
This booth is a rare opportunity to see Swann's artworks, many of which have never been exhibited. When compelled by society to repress his power and desires, Swann refused, choosing instead to use his art as a way to freely express himself, and in so doing, to compel others to find their authentic selves by reconnecting with the energy that courses through us all.
Ingo Swann (1933-2013)
Swann was born in Telluride, Colorado in 1933. Since 1970, Swann has been interviewed or profiled in dozens of magazines, including Time, Reader's Digest, Smithsonian and Newsweek. He has published more than ten books on various psychic subjects such as remote viewing aliens on the Moon and Earth, how individuals can develop their future-seeing abilities, and the intersection of sexuality and psychic energies. His artwork is in the collections of The National Air and Space Museum, Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), The American Visionary Art Museum and the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. His works have been included in “CLEAR," an exhibition at Gagosian, Los Angeles in 2014, "The Rainbow Serpent" at Gagosian, Athens in 2015 and “Ingo Swann: A Remote View” at La Mama Galleria, New York in the summer of 2016. Swann passed away in New York City in 2013. He is survived by his sister and several nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.
Curator Matt Nasser: firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23RD, 6PM
Proyectos Raúl Zamudio Presenta
Roi Vaara: I Did It My Way
Internationally acclaimed performance artist Roi Vaara makes rare New York City appearance. The evening begins with a carefully curated selection of videos and performance documentation that surveys Vaara's 500+ performances in over 50 countries. Following this will be a live performance by Roi Vaara.
One night only, 11/23/18, 6pm, at Empty Circle, 499 3rd Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Nearest Subway stop: F, G or R trains to 4th ave/9th St
Free and open to the public.
Join us Saturday NOVEMBER 17th at 8:00pm for an evening OF GREEK MUSIC!
Part of the First Kíklos Greek Traditional Music Festival NYC
Free, fabulous red wine included with admission!
Album Launch: “Áyia Méthi : Echoes of Dionysus”
by Niko Paterakis. Niko’s latest work features acoustic songs with a traditional soul BUT a modern edge, focused on and inspired by Dionysian influences and themes in Greek traditional music. The music seeks to bring out a direct and unbreakable connection between an evocative ancient past and a contemporary soundscape of meditation, ecstasy and zest.
About the band
Kíklos is an organization devoted to rekindling, rebranding and spreading Greek traditional culture, both in its capacity to preserve, but more importantly, in its capacity to innovate as a collection of living art forms. Kíklos aims to support the evolution of traditional culture by providing a sustainable platform for emerging artists who draw inspiration from traditional idioms to create new, contemporary works of art. We feel the necessity to adopt a more cosmopolitan approach in highlighting an underrepresented part of our culture to broaden this endeavor to new potential audiences.
Niko Paterakis is a Greek composer and singer based in NYC. As a multi-instrumentalist, he began composing music for performing arts while living and studying in the UK in the late 2000s. During this time, he performed original material in the world-renowned SWSX (Austin, Texas) and premiered his first musical theater production, Ano Throsko: Musical for the 21st Century (sponsored by Arts Council England). A few years later, he was admitted to Berklee Valencia (Berklee College of Music – Valencia, ES) to study for a Master’s degree in film scoring.Since moving to New York, Niko has been composing for libraries and other projects, as well as researching Greek traditional music, which led him to found and manage Kíklos Festival.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Demetris Hantzis is a singer from Trikala, Greece, serving an impressive range of traditional music from all over Greece for more than 12 years. In the early 2000s, he graduated from the acclaimed Department of Folk and Traditional Music (Arta, Greece) and has since participated in numerous concerts with traditional dance and music ensembles all over Greece and abroad, including the emerging ensemble Provadouroi.
Nektarios Papageorgiou is a clarino player, composer and instructor from Trikala, Greece with a rich background in Byzantine and traditional Greek music. While studying clarino at the prestigious University of Macedonia (Salonica, Greece) with famed performer and instructor Manos Ahalinotopoulos, Nektarios has taught, performed and recorded in Greece and abroad for over a decade. He has collaborated with many distinguished Greek artists, including Petroloukas Halkias, Areti Ketime, Glykeria and others and is one of the core members of the rising groupProvadouroi.
Giorgos Retos is a multi-instrumentalist with nearly 15 years of performance experience with a variety of Greek traditional and folk ensembles. Also a core member of the band Provadouroi, he has performed as a guitarist, bouzouki and laouto player in concert across Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Romania, Serbia and Nigeria.
Ilias Papantoniou is an accomplished and versatile percussionist from Larissa, Greece. A classical percussion and traditional dance student since childhood, his early studies in traditional Greek percussion led him to Istanbul, Turkey, where he studied darbouka with the internationally acclaimed master, Misirli Ahmet. He later travelled to Spain, where he was accepted to study for a Master’s degree at Berklee Valencia (Berklee College of Music – Valencia, ES) and devoted himself to Latin percussion under the tutelage of the great performers Victor Mendoza and Yoel Paez. Since then, he’s been traveling, teaching and performing as a member of the Percuaction Global Percussion Network around Europe and South America.